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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jul 22, 2011 3:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: improv style, jazz vs. classical, drama

thanks for educating a musical ignoramus (me)

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Poster: bkidwell Date: Jul 22, 2011 3:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: improv style, jazz vs. classical, drama

You can be a skilled and perceptive listener, or a good singer, without any formal training and knowledge. I know quite a few people with zero musical training or formal knowledge who have a better "ear" than I do, regardless of how much time I've spent trying to train it.

Sometimes I worry about posting a lot about music theory and referencing a lot of classical music, because there is a societal perspective that gives that music a kind of cultural status and privileges technical language. I don't really share those values, I believe musical quality is something that exists between the listener and the work, and I want to hear the beauty in everything.

It is fun to make comparisons, to try to articulate why I like X better than Y, but I never want to imply that my way of hearing is any better than anyone else's, or that my opinion is made more important because I've invested time in learning a lot of special purpose vocabulary for describing how music is put together.

So don't call yourself a musical ignoramus - as far as I'm concerned, everyone who loves the Grateful Dead should award themselves a MUSIC EXPERT OFFICIAL BADGE because the Grateful Dead is awesome music and anyone who can hear the beauty in their performances has good taste and knowledge!

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jul 24, 2011 6:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: improv style, jazz vs. classical, drama

thanks for the encouragement - I have just started piano lessons again. Am bookmarking this long and fascinating thread to study further ...

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